Sebastian Kurz

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 Sebastian Kurz arrives for a TV discussion, in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

At Vienna’s Stadthalle concert hall, a capacity crowd of 16,000 claps their hands to the jaunty Radetzky March. Then he appears: a messiah in a slim-(...)

French far-right Front National (FN) party’s Member of Parliament Marine Le Pen speaks to  the press after French president Emmanuel Macron gave a speech during a special congress gathering both houses of parliament (National Assembly and Senate) in the palace of Versailles, outside Paris, on July 3rd, 2017. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Populism has been on the rise in the West for more than four decades. But the earth-shattering events of the past year, the Brexit referendu(...)

 US Senator John McCain speaks during the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, Germany, on Friday. Photograph: EPA

Republican senator John McCain said on Friday Donald Trump’s administration was in “disarray” and that Nato’s founders would be alarmed by the growing(...)

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after he visited victims of the football stadium bombings in Istanbul. Photograph: Kayhan Ozer, pool photo via AP

Austria has threatened to freeze EU accession talks with Turkey in protest at President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on the Turkish opposition sin(...)

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker Jean-Claude Juncker: it would not be wise to tell Turkey talks are over. Photograph: Reuters

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has warned it would be a “serious political failure” to raise doubts now about future EU relations (...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel giving a statement in Berlin on Friday morning. The Brexit decision presents Dr  Merkel with the greatest headache of her career. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she accepts – “with great regret” – Britain’s decision to leave the EU but insisted the union would recover from thi(...)

A  boy walks through a flooded refugee camp at the border between Greece and the  Macedonia, near Idomeni, northern Greece, on Wednesday. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Balkan states are re-imposing strict border controls in a bid to close a route that more than one million migrants and refugees took to reach western (...)

Forensic experts investigate a truck in which 50 refugees were found dead on the road between Parndorf and Neusiedl in Austria. The driver has disappeared, according to reports. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

When an Austrian police patrol discovered the abandoned truck at 11.30 on Thursday bodily fluids were leaking from the back door. The outer truck wall(...)

Protesters hold banners during the demonstration under the slogan ‘New Islam Law? Not with us!’ in front of the parliament ahead of the vote. Photograph: Herbert Neubauer/EPA

Austria’s parliament passed a law on Wednesday that seeks to regulate how Islam is administered, singling out its large Muslim minority for treatment (...)

 Swiss president and OSCE chairman Didier Burkhalter gives a press birefing at the end of his meeting with the European Foreign affairs council at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium today. Photograph: EPA

The European Union agreed to impose sanctions on two Crimean companies and 13 more Russians and Ukrainians today, stepping up its response to Moscow’(...)

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